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The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard projects Oklahoma redshirt junior RB Rodney Anderson to be the first running back selected in the 2019 draft.

This was the case in Ledyard's most recent mock where Anderson was selected with pick No. 30. It's weird to think about the first running back being selected all the way at pick No. 30 after three straight years of one going inside the top-5, but this class doesn't have nearly as much talent. Speaking to Anderson's potential, Ledyard said, "Anderson is big, physical and instinctive as a runner. He consistently finishes through contact, and his hands are promising in the passing game." Anderson is already in most scouts' top-five running backs and has as good of a chance as any of being selected as one.
Aug 13 - 8:55 PM

Scott Boras, the agent for Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Kyler Murray, reiterated that his client will only be playing one season in Norman before joining the Oakland A's.

In something of an odd moment on Friday, Sooners HC Lincoln Riley hinted that Murray's 2018 season might not just be a one-off, saying that "we’ll see if it’s his final year" and that "[t]hat hasn’t really been determined yet. I’m not worried about it if it is or if it isn’t." This contradicted not just what we've heard publicly from numerous involved parties, but also what was stipulated in the contract that he signed with the A's over the summer -- namely, that the dynamic quarterback/outfielder-in-waiting would be hitting the gridiron for just his redshirt junior campaign before moving on to pursue his pro dreams on the diamond. Boras put out this conflicting fire almost immediately, telling The Athletic, "Kyler’s baseball career has a very defined path which includes playing football at OU for only the 2018 season."
Aug 4 - 3:11 PM

Oklahoma received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 T Stacey Wilkins.

Wilkins also was considering Arkansas, USC, Texas and a few other high-profile schools. The 6-foot-7, 280-pound tackle is considered one of the best at his position in the class, ranking 15th on 247 Sports' board. In addition to that excellent frame, Wilkins also gets rave reviews for his run-blocking, but needs to improve his flexibility if he's going to handle speedy pass-rushers. The Sooners remain the top team in the Big 12 on 247 Sports ranking of classes, and they move up to fourth overall.
Source: KOKH 25
Aug 3 - 5:10 PM

USA Today's Dan Wolken spoke with "several college athletic insiders" who said that former Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops would be "in a class by himself" if Ohio State were to seek a new head coach.

It should come as no surprise that Stoops would be the desired candidate, here, at least from OSU's side should they move on from HC Urban Meyer, who has been placed on administrative leave while the program investigates his knowledge into the domestic abuse claims levied against former assistant Zach Smith. Writes Wolken, "What’s less certain is whether the 57-year old Stoops, who somewhat surprisingly walked away from Oklahoma last summer, has any desire to coach again. Those who know Stoops best tend to believe he’s done, but he’s careful not to close the door." Wolken floats a number of other possible names, including Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente and South Carolina's Will Muschamp, in addition to larger, probably less attainable fish such as Washington's Chris Pederson, Stanford's David Shaw and Texas' Tom Herman.
Source: USA Today
Aug 3 - 1:44 PM

Oklahoma junior Jordan Parker is moving from corner to safety for the 2018 season.

Parker suffered a season-ending knee injury against UTEP in 2017. With the cornerback position in good shape, Parker will instead compete for the starting strong safety position with senior Kahlil Haughton. A four-star recruit, Parker (5'11/182) should at very least add depth to the secondary. As The Athletic's Jason Kersey notes, the competition between Haughton and Parker is one of the key battles to watch for this fall.
Jul 30 - 1:45 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists Oklahoma redshirt junior RB Rodney Anderson fourth among running backs to watch during the 2018 season.

Anderson is the first upperclassmen to make Zierlein's list, as the top three tailbacks -- D'Andre Swift, J.K. Dobbins and Jonathan Taylor -- are sophomores. Anderson enjoyed a breakout season in 2017, and Zierlein took notice. "Anderson is able to combine plus size with dual-threat ability to provide production on any down and from anywhere on the field," he writes. "One area that does concern me a little bit is the amount of punishing hits Anderson takes in any given game." That last tidbit will be something scouts will be wary of, but he does offer big upside for all the reasons Zierlein lists.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 23 - 11:59 AM

Oklahoma received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 CB Jaden Davis.

Davis has been considered a strong lean towards Oklahoma for a while, but he also was considering Florida, Clemson, Georgia and Penn State; among others. He ranks 24th among corners in the 247 Sports composite rankings, and 33rd among prospects out of Florida. At 5-foot-9, 168-pounds, Davis doesn't have elite size, but reports rave about his ball-skills and ability to stick in coverage. That build seems like an ideal fit for the nickel, but Davis may have the talent to play on the outside in the Big 12.
Source: USA Today
Jul 20 - 5:02 PM

Oklahoma HC Kyler Murray told reporters at Big 12 Media Day that Oklahoma redshirt junior Kyler Murray is still battling for the starting quarterback job.

"Kyler’s not the quarterback yet," Riley said when asked how the offense will change with Riley at the position following the departure of Baker Mayfield. "There’s a really good competition going on and Kyler’s gonna have to fight like crazy to win this job." Sure there is, Lincoln. Sure there is. Assuming Murray does win the job -- because he's going to -- he'll only have one year as the starter, as he's off to join the Oakland Athletics. We'll be curious to see what kind of numbers he can put up with his speed and one of the best supporting casts in all of the sport.
Jul 16 - 2:59 PM

Oklahoma redshirt senior DL Neville Gallimore ranks third on Bruce Feldman of The Athletic's "freak" list for 2018.

Feldman notes that he expected to have running back Rodney Anderson as Oklahoma's representative on this list, but Gallimore gets the sport, and it's hard to argue considering his strength and speed. At 6-foot-2, 330-pounds, he can run a 4.76 second 40 yard dash, and he also can squat an astounding 800 pounds. "He’s flashed some of his potential in his first two seasons, starting 11 games and making 68 tackles and five [tackles for loss]," writes Feldman. Gallimore's not been a consistent player -- which Feldman also notes -- but the potential is here for Gallimore to be an impact player.
Jul 13 - 5:37 PM

In the Big 12 media's preseason conference poll, Oklahoma was ranked No. 1 by a margin of 44 first-place votes.

The Sooners are far-and-away the media's pick to reign supreme over the conference once again, drawing 46 first-place votes to runner-up pick West Virginia's two first-place ballots. TCU, Texas and Oklahoma State round out the top-five. One interesting little nugget beneath the expected big boys projected to finish atop the Big 12 -- Kansas State (picked to finish sixth) actually received a pair of first-place votes. The poll is rounded out sequentially by Iowa State, Texas Tech, Baylor and Kansas.
Jul 12 - 3:48 PM

No Oklahoma defender was selected for the preseason All-Big 12 team.

The Sooners did (predictably) have fair representation on offense, with seven players from that side of the ball earning recognition from media members. The day was not nearly as sunny for the defense, which ended up drawing a goose egg. We'll see how this shakes out after the campaign unfolds, but it should be noted that Oklahoma has succeeded in placing at least one defender on the end-of-year all-conference team every season since 1999.
Jul 11 - 4:28 PM

Oklahoma redshirt freshman RB Kennedy Brooks (shoulder) is tracking toward a healthy start to August camp.

Brooks (5'10/206) enrolled with the Sooners as a four-star recruit last offseason, but a left shoulder injury in preseason camp a year ago knocked him out for the entirety of the 2017 campaign. He underwent a surgical procedure to repair the injury, which OU HC Lincoln Riley had referred to as "chronic." His health will be worth monitoring next month as the team begins its prep for the coming campaign in earnest, but for now, looks like so far so good. Oklahoma is stocked to the gills with running back talent headlined by starter Rodney Anderson and backed with a slew of usable pieces such as Trey Sermon, Abdul Adams, Marcelias Sutton and Brooks.
Jul 10 - 1:30 PM

The Athletic's Jason Kersey reports that Oklahoma senior C Jonathan Alvarez is competing for the starting center job.

Alvarez (6'3/315) is a name you might remember, as he was the starter at center in 2015. He missed significant time with an injury in 2016, and he redshirted in 2017. He's now healthy, and he's competing with redshirt freshman Creed Humphrey to win the starting job again. Humphrey was a four-star recruit who impressed last fall on the scout team, so there's no guarantee he gets his old job back. The loser of the job should provide quality depth as a backup and could see time as a backup at both guard positions.
Jul 9 - 12:55 PM

Oklahoma received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 CB Woodi Washington.

Ohio State, Florida State, Notre Dame Alabama were among the other programs that Washington was considering, but the Sooners were never far from his mind. The Murfreesboro, Tennessee, native said that he wanted to get the commitment out of the way this summer so that he could focus on football come the fall. Rivals views Washington as the No. 33 overall prospect in the 2019 class. The Sooners are battling it out to finish with a top-five class for the cycle and are currently sitting at No. 3 behind Alabama and Texas A&M on the outlet's team rankings board.
Jul 6 - 12:10 PM

Oklahoma sophomore WR CeeDee Lamb caught half of the passes of 20 or more yards thrown his way last season.

Pro Football Focus passes along that no other returning Big 12 wide receiver was able to so effectively bring in the deep passes launched his way a year ago. The 6-foot-1, 173-pound Lamb enrolled with Oklahoma as a four-star recruit and almost immediately began to make good on his recruiting pedigree, logging a lovely 46-807-7 receiving line for OU during the past campaign. His 17.5 yards per reception last season were good for eighth-best in the conference.
Jul 5 - 3:59 PM


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